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McNally welcomes funding for Street light repairs

Published: 25 November, 2015

Barry McNally at Main Street Carrickmore, which was affected by the Street Light outages

Barry McNally at Main Street Carrickmore, which was affected by the Street Light outages

Sinn Féin Mid Tyrone Councillor Barry McNally has welcomed an extra £1 million in funding to take the backlog of Broken Street Lights. The extra funding was announced by the DRD Minister Michelle McIIveen on Wednesday.

Speaking on the issue Cllr McNally said:

"This issue of broken street lights is on which I have come to know a lot about in the past number of months. The main street of Carrickmore was one of the worst affected areas that I know of locally. A total of four, if not more, lights were out in the town centre of Carrickmore and left the area in darkness. Although I, and many residents, notified the Roads Service of the broken lights we were informed that they would be fixed 'in due course', with no indication of the length of time required to wait. Having pressed senior roads Service officials on the issue they said there was a backlog of outages across the district and it would take time to address the backlog. However this was of little comfort to those affected by the outages. Thankfully however this issue in Carrickmore was addressed in the past number of days however it was clear that something needed to be done to come to a better arrangement, a more long term solution, so I therefore welcome this extra funding as a first step.

"It is my understanding that in addition to more funding being made available for street light repairs potholes will also be targeted as a result of extra funding. This is also something that is very much welcome. The Roads Service will have been made aware of numerous potholes in the local area which require immediate attention and I hope these are addressed in due course as a result of this extra funding being made available.

*People can report broken street lights online on the following website: http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/street-lighting-and-reporting-a-fault